Cigar City Brewing’s 2011 Christmas style beer called “Warmer Winter” (11% abv) is the perfect name for our Florida winter and also for a great new brew from our award-winning local brewery. Rich and complex in taste, it had a distinctive and important (for me) deep mahogany coloration – it reminded me of one of my favorite winter seasonals (yet to find it on tap this year): Anchor Steam‘s annual Christmas brew, only better!
Fortunately the Warmer Winter was still available on tap at the Tasting Room (3924 W. Spruce Street, Suite A, Tampa, Florida 33607) as of this posting, but unfortunately it was not available in a takeaway growler. I guess I’ll have to return for another sampling and cross my fingers that the brew has not yet run out!
In this photo, the Warmer Winter is the leftmost sample, followed by Improv (9% abv) an Oatmeal India Style Brown Ale, and two other limited edition seasonal brews (which were not my favorites) and none of these were available for growler takeout.
In case you don’t know about Cigar City Brewing near the airport in Tampa, FL, you may just want to get them on your radar! In the short 24 or so months that they have been in business, they have amassed an impressive set of awards from Draft Magazine and others (see photo) and will definitely be making more waves in the months to come as they test out more recipes and test the limits of beer making in North America!
Happy new year and wishing you a great 2012 filled with health and great adventures!